by Benny Benton
GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Barton College completed The Trojan men's golf tournament on a strong note Tuesday, posting the second-best round of the day among the 12 teams competing in the event at Walnut Creek Country Club.
The Bulldogs combined for a team total of 3-over par 291 on the 7,021-yard, par-72 layout, the squad's fourth-best round of the season. The performance enabled Barton to jump from a fifth-place tie into third place.
Turner Garris led the way for BC, firing a round of 2-under par 70 that tied for the second-best score of the day. For the 54-hole event, the junior from Wilson, N.C., finished in a tie for 20th in the 72-player field at 227 (77-80-70).
Scott Pechacek, a sophomore from Cary, N.C., added a 74 to his previous rounds of 76 and 70 to remain in a tie for sixth position at 220 and secure his third top-10 finish of the season.
Travis Broome, a junior from Virginia Beach, Va., produced the team's second-best round of the day, a 73, which moved him into a tie for 15th position at 224 (77-74-73). In doing so, Broome extended his streak of consecutive top-15 finishes to seven in a row.
One shot behind Broome at 225 was junior Derek Hamm, who added a 75 to his previous rounds of 80 and 70 in earning a tie for 18th place. Rounding out the team scoring was freshman Dominic O'Brien, who carded a 74 on Tuesday to complete the tournament in a tie for 38th position at 233 (78-81-74).
Playing as an individual, sophomore Logan Zimarino followed Monday's rounds of 79 and 77 with a 78 over Tuesday's final 18 to finish in a tie for the 43rd spot at 234.
Host University of Mount Olive gave away part of its 13-shot overnight lead, but still won easily. The Trojans shot a final round of 302 to go with previous totals of 290 and 292. UMO was victorious by seven strokes over second-place Newberry College.
Barton finished two shots behind the Wolves in third, two shots ahead of fourth place Belmont Abbey College.
After struggling to a 76 in the Monday morning round, Nick Stafford of Belmont Abbey stormed back with a round of 67 in the afternoon session and added a 69 on Tuesday to take medalist honors at 4-under par 212. Stafford, ranked No. 16 nationally in NCAA Division II by Golfstat, won by five shots over John Thatch of Mount Olive.
The tournament completed Barton's regular season. The Bulldogs will compete in the 2017 Conference Carolinas Tournament April 23-25 at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, N.C. The tournament will be hosted by Barton with assistance from Mount Olive.